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Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Swimming Pools

This U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) booklet offers guidelines for pool barriers that can help prevent most submersion incidents involving young children. This handbook is designed for use by owners, purchasers, and builders of residential pools, spas, and hot tubs. The swimming pool barrier guidelines are not a CPSC standard, nor are they mandatory requirements. CPSC believes that the safety features recommended in this booklet will help make pools safer, promote pool safety awareness, and save lives. Barriers are not the sole method to prevent pool drowning of young children and cannot replace adult supervision. Some states and localities have incorporated these guidelines into their building codes. Check with your local authorities to see what is required in your area’s building code or in other regulations.

St Tammany Parish Pool Barrier Requirements

As pertains to Fence, Gates, Door/Window Alarms required to pass final pool inspections.

When the House Forms Part of the Pool Barrier

In many homes, doors open directly from the house onto the pool area or onto a patio leading to the pool. In such cases, the side of the house leading to the pool is an important part of the pool barrier. Passage through any door from the house to the pool should be controlled by security measures

Door Alarms:

All doors that allow access to a swimming pool should be equipped with an audible alarm which sounds when the door and/or screen are opened. Alarms should meet the requirements of UL 2017 General-Purpose Signaling Devices and Systems, Section 77 with the following features:

  • Sound lasting for 30 seconds or more within 7 seconds after the door is opened.

  • The alarm should be loud: at least 85 dBA (decibels) when measured 10 feet away from the alarm mechanism.

  • The alarm sound should be distinct from other sounds in the house, such as the telephone, doorbell and smoke alarm.

  •  The alarm should have an automatic reset feature to temporarily deactivate the alarm for up to 15 seconds to allow adults to pass through house doors without setting off the alarm. The deactivation switch could be a touchpad (keypad) or a manual switch and should be located at least 54 inches above the threshold and out of the reach of children.

Self-closing doors with self-latching devices could be used in conjunction with door alarms to safeguard doors which give access to a swimming pool.

Poolguard DAPT-2 Pool Door Alarm


About this item

  • UL Listed UL 2017 (Water Hazard Entrance Door Alarm)

  • Made in the USA

  • 1 Year Warranty

  • Battery Powered; Outdoor wireless transmitter pass-thru feature. 85 DB Horn at 10 Feet.

  • Poolguard Door Alarm will sound in 7 seconds even if a child goes through the door and closes it behind them. Poolguard Door Alarm is equipped with an adult pass through feature that will allow adults to go through the door without the alarm sounding

Poolguard DAPT-WT Immediate Pool Door Alarm,White


About this item

  • UL Listed UL 2017 (Water Hazard Entrance Door Alarm)

  • Made in the USA

  • Battery Powered. Complies with barrier codes

  • Sounds Immediately

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